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3D on Mobile Phones
Posted: 24-Mar-2011 [Source: MobileTechNews]

[The CTIA show is winding down and a lot of excitement has been generated by the LG Optimus 3D handset expected to be available through AT&T and the HTC EVO 3D to be available through Sprint.]

By Jean Whitinger, CTIA -- The couple 3D handsets being shown at CTIA this week in Orlando have seen both the LG booths and the HTC and Sprint booths highly trafficked. A lot of the chatter at the booths from attendees checking out the 3D viewing on the handsets either activated the "wow" effect or the "too hard to view" effect.

HTC EVO 3D

Mobile Tech News fell in the first category. When viewing show-produced 3D footage, 3D movie trailers, or animated 3D, the effects were amazing on the 4.3" screen. Mobile gaming really has been taken into another realm using 3D. With the Nintendo 3DS set to launch in a few days in North America, 3D gaming on a small screen appears to be set for huge success. Interesting to note that Nintendo has publicly stated that the 3D mode of the 3DS is not intended for children under six years of age resulting in possible harm to their vision apparently due to the autostereoscopic effects. No such notice was presented by the 3D handset manufacturers here at CTIA.

There seems to be a real opportunity for people to want to record in 3D especially for sharing over long distances. How about being able to view your grandchild's first steps? Ever so cool!

This also brings up questions like, what is this going to mean as far as posting on video sites such as YouTube? How will the web adapt to 3D video recording capability on handheld devices?

Already I can easily imagine the intrigue generated in younger children when they have the chance to play games in 3D. Younger ages will more successfully adapt visually to the technology compared older adult users. Being in the older adult category, I admit the 3D viewing was a little difficult to adjust to at first, but easily manageable on the small screen.

The demos had the 3D phones also feeding larger tv screens and the picture was very trackable on the larger size screens as well.

LG Optimus 3D

The main differences between the two 3D handsets as follows:

First of all, the HTC handset is CDMA 4G while the LG is HSDPA enabled.

The HTC handset runs Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) while the LG Optmus runs Android v2.2 (Froyo).

They both have dual-core processors - the HTC uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor while the LG uses an ARM processor.

The HTC comes with a 1730 mAh Li-Ion battery while the LG comes with a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The HTC offers 4 GB of internal memory and 1 GB RAM while the LG offers 8 GB of internal memory and 512 MB RAM.

Both have mobile hotspot capability with the HTC supporting up to eight Wi-Fi devices simultaneously. Number of devices supported by the LG has not been determined.

After that, the experience becomes quite subjective. Both handsets are remarkable in the way they are pushing the envelope in the area of functionality. If you have the opportunity, go check these handsets out and experience the "wow" effect.

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